North Santiam River Report January 1, 2013

The North San­tiam River level is drop­ping and the water is cold. Clar­ity is tol­er­a­ble. Some new steel­head are com­ing upstream, and we now have 412 fresh steel­head in the river sys­tem plus quite a few left over sum­mer steel­head, some of which are still good and some of which should be returned to the river. The newest, fresh­est fish will be found around Green’s Bridge and Jef­fer­son, but all loca­tions on the mid­dle and upper river will have the pos­si­bil­ity of big fish some of the time.

Since most of the leaves have fallen, boaters have a good view of the river banks and wildlife. Although the air tem­per­a­ture is cool, the view is great for look­ing at all the rock for­ma­tions and hill­sides. Deer and other wildlife are spot­ted more fre­quently now.

Catch­ing the first steel­head of the New Year is a pri­or­ity for many anglers. The  North San­tiam is a great river to fish to ful­fill that goal.

Steel­head­ers Salem Chap­ter Board meets on Jan­u­ary 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Whole­sale Sports in Salem. New projects and out­ings will be dis­cussed.  Steel­head­ers gen­eral mem­ber­ship meet­ing will be on Jan­u­ary 15, with a guide pro­gram by Curt Curry at Keizer Com­mu­nity Cen­ter at 7:00 p.m..

North San­tiam River Guides Asso­ci­a­tion will have their annual ban­quet on Jan­u­ary 19 at Gates Fire Hall and it will be a potluck with a good pro­gram. Chap Mil­bank, Bob Lusk, Mike Fer­ris, and Den­nis Cham­ber­lin can take rsvp’s.  NSRGA will have their reg­u­lar meet­ing on Jan­u­ary 23 with a pro­gram includ­ing Karen Hans from ODFW who will talk about the Pack­sad­dle ramp.

River vol­ume has been around 2,500 cubic feet per sec­ond flow at Pack­sad­dle and it is drop­ping down to around 1,900 cfs by Jan­u­ary 3. With the cold tem­per­a­ture, snowmelt has been slow. Con­di­tions vary accord­ing to snow, rain, and temperature.

Learn the River trips start in March. Guided trips are avail­able all year around with North San­tiam River Trips.

Bill Sander­son
North San­tiam River Trips
503 897 3301
North San­tiam River Trips

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